Menachem Fisch is Joseph and Ceil Mazer Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Tel Aviv University, and Senior Fellow of the Kogod Center for the Renewal of Jewish Thought at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem.
He is former Chair of the Graduate School of Philosphy at Tel Aviv University, former President of the Israel Society for History and Philosophy of Science, former Chair of the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science at the Israel Academy of Science. He is Board Member of B'Tselem the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights.
He has published widely on the history of 19th century British science and mathematics, on confirmation theory and rationality, on the theology of the talmudic literature, and the philosophy of talmudic legal reasoning. His current work explores the Talmud’s dispute of religiosity, the possibilities of articulating a pluralist political philosophy from within the assumptions of halakhic Judaism, and the limits of normative self-criticism, in and outside science, in the face of latter-day normative relativism.
He is author of William Whewell Philosopher of Science, Oxford University Press (1991); Rational Rabbis: Science and Talmudic Culture, Indiana University Press (1997); “A Modest Proposal: Toward a Religious Politics of Epistemic Humility”, Journal of Human Rights (2003); “Through Thick and the Thin: a New Defense of Cultural Relativism”, Southern Journal of Philosophy (2004) (with Y. Benbaji); “Canon, controverse et réforme; une réflexion sur l'autre voix du judaïsme talmudique”, Les Cahiers du judaisme, 18 (2005); “Diversity, Tolerance, Sovereignty”, in M. Walzer (ed.), Law, Politics, and Morality in Judaism, Princeton University Press, 2006; "Taking the Linguistic Turn Seriously", The European Legacy (2008); and "Judaism, and the Religious Crisis of Modern Science", in J.M. van der Meer and S. Mandelbrote (eds.), Nature & Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: 1700-Present, Brill, Leiden, (2008). His forthcoming The View from Within: Normativity and the Limits of Self Criticism (with Y. Benbaji), is currently under review by Notre Dame University Press.